Join Nate Mars for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the project timeline, part of Learning Splice.
- Let's take a look at project timelines on Splice. This is where a lot of the magic happens. You can click on a existing project you want to work with, which will take you to the project timeline. You can scroll to get to a project or just type a project into the text field to find exactly the project you're looking for. On the project timeline you can go back in time to open any version of a project and work from it. Here you can see this project version one was started over a year ago.
And there are currently 24 versions of this project going back to a few months ago. You can click on a version of a project to expand that version, leave a comment about the entire project here. And I'm not going to leave that comment right now. Also on each version you can see the songs BPM, you can see the length of the arrangement, you can see the file size, and if I were using any third party plug-ins in this project they would show up here. Here you can also leave comments on specific tracks in the arrangement.
When you hit the play button on the version on Splice the project will play back and the parts that are currently playing will light up in the project version as the song plays. Just make sure the bounce you export is the exact same length as the arrangement in your DAW in order for the play head on Splice to line up properly. Leaving comments on specific tracks can be really helpful, especially when your working with collaborators. So you can let them know exactly what tracks you've added or changed and ask for feedback on specific parts or tracks at the exact moment they occur in the project. It's also a great way to explain your thought process behind creating specific parts or sections.
You won't be able to listen to new versions you create until you add an audio preview to the version. By default versions of your project that you sync with Splice don't have an audio preview. But you can easily create one by dragging a bounce for your project from your DAW to the new created version. Usually a bounce is defined as a two channel exported mix down from the full arrangement in your DAW. Essentially the track or song you want others to hear. And last if you click open the project will open right in your DAW.
In most cases projects will sync really quickly. Splice claims on it own website that projects can sync up to 10 times faster than dropbox. And I've noticed that when I work with Splice projects will upload and download a lot faster than other file sharing services. So here we're looking at version 24 of After Hours our project in Ableton Live. For now I'm going to navigate back to Splice. And I'm going to navigate back to the studio where I can see the overview of all of my projects.
Now try viewing the project timeline for one of your own projects. Experiment with leaving comments and viewing your songs arrangement.
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